Eco-theater and a new call to action for the environment | Academics

Popular culture has the power to motivate audiences, take action, or raise awareness of important issues. Eco-theater is a developing genre that sends an important environmental message.

At a memorial service Tuesday evening, Paula Kizmar, an award-winning playwright and associate professor of theater at the School of Dramatic Arts in Southern California, showed how art is accepted on important issues such as environmental sciences.

At his lecture, Eco-Theater: The Crossroads of Art, Politics and Environmental Science, they discussed the power that the Eco-Theater should give to the audience.

Kimmar considers eco-theater to be a developing genre. There have always been plays in nature and the environment, but eco-theater is gaining traction due to the current situation.

"In fact, it's not something that people have been writing about for a long time or in any detail," she said. "And I think that's because climate change and environmental issues are now part of our focus, as people who mostly see firearms at the end of firearms and see if we don't make any changes that are unfounded destruction." soon."

As a member of the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at Annenberg School of Communication, a member of the Earth Science Initiative, Kibmar tried to find a way to help the general public take an interest in and act on the environment.

His response was to use an artist to help tell a story that could evoke more emotion and feeling than a scientific lecture.

"The general public is only busy telling their stories when they're giving out anecdotes, and when they're personally involved in the struggles of characters and people who have something to gain and lose," Kizmar said.

As a playwright, Kizmar contributed to this in the form of an eco-theater.

During the lecture, two scenes from his play, Chisera, were read. In one of the scenes, Alice, a female geologist, has a heated conversation with a local tribal lawyer about the merits of setting up a solar plant on their sacred land.

The scene highlights the need for renewable energy, such as solar energy, but also the problems it can create with the current residents of this area.

For Chisera, this special scene shows an important part of the eco-theater. It’s not just about resources or circumstances, but it’s about making decisions that will affect everything we do.

"Eco-theater, which is only interested in mid-level environmentalists and the Sierra Club type, is actually what affects us all," Kizmar said. "She is a feminist. It has a racial component. It has an economic component and it really has a human component. ”

Kizmar’s work has gained national recognition and has been performed throughout the country. He won the National Foundation for the Arts Grant and a special commendation at the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for his performance in "Miner Death."

According to his website, the paper focuses on rights, class and diversity.

Kemmar also worked on a well-known documentary, seven of which were from the seven playwrights who collaborated on Vital Voices ’global leadership network to capture the stories of women who made significant changes in their countries, according to the play’s website.

The lecture was part of the Pearl Hogrefe Visiting Writers series, which features environmental writers, scientists and artists for public lectures.